Friday, September 21, 2018

*** Important info regarding Thursday Sept. 27 Hike to Cobra Lake ***

Cobra Lake HikeNOTE: Meeting time will be 9:00 a.m. at Sears parking lot. 
Please TEXT Sirje at 227-1186  
  • an advanced, challenging hike; suitable for experienced hikers
  • involves mixed, rugged terrain
  • will take from 4-6 hours depending on conditions, size of group.
Please be prepared with
  • suitable, sturdy footwear
  • LOTS of water
  • clothing appropriate to expected weather
  • a snack and a lunch – two breaks may b
  • a bathing suit if you are up to the challenge of a swim at the sandy beach!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Esten Lake Hike - 2018-09-18

Photos by Steve Calverley

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Rainbow Ridge - 2018-09-15

Photos by Steve Calvarley; Commentary by Phillip Barnes

Seven of us signed up and headed for Rainbow Ridge, a beautiful viewpoint off the Trans Canada Trail east of the golf course. It promised to be a sunny and hot day, but we were in the deep woods and shaded most of the way. Great views at the top, a little hazy in the distance due to the humidity. Trail needs a little maintenance, but was generally in good shape. Needs signage on the trail into the lookout.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

***Thursday September 13th Hike***

This Thursday’s Hike will be starting at the Washington parking lot, then up the Woodpecker Trail and returning along First Lake.  There are some muddy sections.  Hope to see you out.

Monday, September 10, 2018

***General Meeting Reminder***

This is a reminder about our upcoming General Meeting on Tuesday, Sept 18, 2018. All members are invited to attend. We have an amazing guest speaker, author Paton Lodge Lindsay, that will be talking about true stories covered in her books including award winning King of Algonquin Park. Meeting time is 7pm starting with our guest speaker.

About the Speaker ( Paton Lodge Lindsay) –
The story in her booked titled King of Algonquin Park is based on actual happenings in the life of “Trapper” as he personally related them to the author. Much of the story takes place in a location north of Elliot Lake, Wakami Lake Provincial Park. We learn a lot about beavers and conservation, wilderness living, voyageurs, logging, and “Coureurs de Bois”. Her main character had a real understanding of life and what is important and Paton shares this wisdom in her books.
“King of Algonquin Park” was actually one of five books short-listed with Margaret Atwood for the Louise de Kiriline Lawrence literary award. Her second book “The King’s Ransom” is equally as popular.
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Directions: Meeting location is north of Elliot Lake beyond “tv hill” at the Snowbirds Snowmobile Club clubhouse, located at #700 Highway 108. After you've turned left off the highway, keep to the right. You'll pass the Rod and Gun club on the right. The clubhouse is straight ahead. It's the building with the brand spanking new wheelchair ramp.

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Snowshoe Trail Hike - 2018-09-08

Photos by Steve Calverley and commentary by Phillip Barnes 
On Sat the 8th September, 9 of us headed out on a cool but sunny day to the Snowshoe Trail. The trail was generally in good shape and dry, apart from the low spot entering the old quarry area. We had to bushwhack on an old trail around a flooded section. We lunched overlooking the river after a tour through the old townsite on the Quirke mine property. The old brick built flower gardens at the entrance to the town site are still there, hidden under overgrowing bush. We found cranberries in a couple of places and there should be lots in the adjacent bog by end of September.


Thursday, September 06, 2018

Tenfish Lake - Thursday, September 6th

Photos and commentary by Pim
Ten people went on a hike that Jean-Guy led on September 6 to - you guessed it - Tenfish Lake.  We did not catch ten fish, but did take the easy way in along a bush road for four kilometres from Boland River Road to the lake where we settled on the beach for a lunch break and a great view. PHOTOS

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

***** Thursday September 6th Hike - Tenfish Lake *****

Jean-Guy will be taking the group to Tenfish lake which is off of the Boland River Road. This will include a nice easy walk of +/- 7kms. Our expected return back to town is around 3:00.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Porridge Lake Hike - Monday, September 3rd

Commentary by Aubrey
Six of us had a pleasant hike along the wooded half of Porridge Lake, and picked up a good-sized bag of trash along the way. 

***** Minutes of the May 15, 2018 General Meeting *****

Coureurs de Bois
General Meeting May 15th/2018

Members Present- 24
Martin T. opened the meeting at 7:00 pm
Guest Speaker
~Denis V. on Lyme Disease and Ticks
Denis’ daughter has been suffering from Lyme Disease for over 2 decades.  He said that with global warming ticks are now a year-round disease (they do not freeze). Testing in Canada is very poor and only about 30 percent accurate.  The test for anti-bodies (which may take 3-30 days to present) is done most accurately by a lab in California called  You may have a flat rash, no rash, or a bulls-eye rash (although a bulls-eye rash is only in about 10 percent of cases).  The treatment is antibiotics. Black-legged ticks (deer ticks) are the most common carriers. You may have flu-like symptoms, weakness, or fatigue.  It mimics the symptoms of MS the most.  It is an auto-immune disease and can attack all the systems in your body.  It can also cross the blood-brain barrier. is a good source of information. 
The only thing that seems to be effective against ticks is 100 percent DEET.
Chuck Z. mentioned that we should give Denis a stipend of 100 dollars and it was motioned by Gerry J., and seconded by Pam E.  Motion was carried.

Minutes of the previous meeting accepted by Gerry J. seconded by Jim M.  Motion was carried

President’s Report
The highway clean-up to be rescheduled due to inclement weather.
Shared-Use Trails- we now have chainsaws, storage, and other equipment.
The City has hired a trails co-ordinator- Brad Parsons.
VTA- The Trailheads North Conference was attended by Joce L.
First Nations Engagement Meeting – was well attended, about 60 people, of those 15 were CdeB members.

Trail Masters Report
Trail clearing has started late due to a long winter. 
Semi White was cleared on May 7th/2018.
Helenbar was cleared on May 14th/2018.  Marty and Ron would like to thank everyone who came out to help clear!
We now have 2 electric chainsaws, 2 gas chain-saws, 2 brush saws, and safety equipment.  Sarah Daigle, who runs the Park, would like to thank us for all the work we do!!!!
Trail Co-ordinator for the City- to be the liaison for trail maintenance etc., (Brad Parsons)
Youth Ranger/Steward Program will help us for three days to clear the Cobre Trail in July.
We are requesting that the MNRF build a bridge across the creek at the Crooked Creek Trail. (It is part of the VTA and Trans-Canada Trail).

Secretary Treasurer’s Report
Jackie S. reported all transactions since our previous meeting in March.  Approved by Emily W., seconded by Jim M.

Old/Ongoing Business
George H. still investigating the implications of leaving the VTA.  We do not have to incorporate.  Liability for Board members and Hike leaders is limited to 5,000,000 / incident.  We do not have to submit names, just our numbers.

Gerry J. reported that Sarich’s repaired our snowshoes from Winterfest for n/c.  He also mentioned to call Clare if you are interested in previewing the new x-country ski equipment.

New Business
Emily W. asked if it was a good idea to bring GPS devices with us, when we are hiking in rugged, less known terrain (e.g. Lake Superior).  This would involve a monthly internet account.  Laura C. to investigate.

Meeting Adjourned at 8:30 pm

Next Meeting- Hike Leaders June 26th at the Clubhouse
Next General Meeting September 18th at the Clubhouse.